Data Protection

No personal information or details need to be provided when visiting the "Research in Germany" website maintained by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The following statement provides a complete overview of how the editors guarantee to protect your data and what kinds of data are collected and for what purpose.

We constantly strive to improve and optimise your online experience of our web pages. To this end, we have commissioned Webtrekk GmbH (Hannoversche Strasse 19, 10115 Berlin) to collect, store and process data concerning your visit. All data are anonymised, i.e. neither we nor the service provider link the details of your visit with your name or other personal information you have given us. Furthermore, we do not forward any data collected for the purpose of optimising our online services to external parties.

Data processing on this website

Each visit to our website leads to data to being collected and exchanged that was sent to our server by your browser. These details include:

  • your internet browser type/version
  • the operating system you are using
  • the website that has been loaded
  • the previously visited page (referrer URL)
  • time of the server request

The editors automatically collect and store this data solely for statistical purposes in order to measure the demand for websites. The editors are not able to assign these to any specific person. These data are not combined with any other data sources. IP numbers are only recorded for the length of the visit and for the purpose of answering queries. They are not stored for any longer than the session itself. Data logged during access to the internet gateway will only be transferred to third parties if we are obliged to do so by law or by order or a court, or if such a transfer is required for taking legal action or for prosecuting in the event of attacks launched against the ''s internet infrastructure. No data will be transferred for any other reason. Click to see the data that your internet browser sends to our server.



The Agency uses so-called session cookies. Session cookies are small pieces of information that providers store in the active memory of the visiting user's computer. A randomly-generated, unique ID number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. A cookie also contains information on its origin and on how long it may be stored. These cookies are unable to store any other types of data. Other providers use permanent cookies so that they can recognise returning visitors even after a longer period of time. This type of information is then stored as a text file on the hard drive of the user's computer. By contrast, the session cookies used by the Aperto AG are deleted when the session is terminated.
All internet browsers can handle cookies. However, your settings enable you to instruct your browser not to accept any cookies

Sending emails to "Research in Germany"

When you send us an email, this email and your email address will be used solely for the purpose of corresponding with you. Inquiries in paper or electronic form are stored in accordance with the statutory periods specified by the Registry Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

Right of information

You are entitled at all times to be informed of what data have been stored in respect of your person (personal details), on the origin and recipient of these data, and on why they were saved. The DAAD editors will advise you of what data have been stored. Please address any questions or complaints you may have to the BMBF Data Protection Commissioner.

All internet browsers enable you to see whether cookies have been set and what they contain. Detailed information is provided by the virtual data protection office of the Federal and State Data Protection Commissioners in Germany.

BMBF Data Protection Commissioner

Virtual Data Protection Office (only in German)

Social Media Link / Share Buttons

Our website features only image links of different social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. These "Share" buttons are embedded in disabled form, so that there is no direct contact with the servers of the respective social networks. Only when you click on the "Share" button, will a new window open in which you must log on to the selected social network. The selected page can then be recommended or shared. At no time are data transmitted from our website to the respective operators of the social network without this being initiated by the user.


In our monthly e-mail newsletter, we provide our readers with the latest information on interesting research projects, career opportunities in Germany and funding programmes for PhD students and researchers. If you wish to receive our newsletter, please provide us with a valid e-mail address. You may also choose to state your name, but that information is not obligatory.

We will use this address only for the purpose of sending you our newsletter. It will not be published or forwarded to third parties.

Of course, you may cancel your subscription at any time by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link located at the bottom of the newsletter or by sending a request to:

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are stored on your computer. This allows an analysis of your use of the website. The information that the cookie generates about your use of this website (including your IP-address) is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google-operated server in the USA. This website uses Google Analytics only with the "_anonymizeIp ()" extension for IP anonymization. Your IP address will be previously shortened within Member States of the European Union or in other States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area; which prevents it being directly linked to any particular individual. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities for us and to provide additional services connected with the use of the website and the internet. You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. Please note, however, that in this case you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.


To allow us to present images, videos and audio content on our website in an interactive way, we use Pageflow software and make use of external service providers who process your personal data when this content is accessed. These service providers are bound by our instructions. They have been carefully selected by us and have received written agreement for the services to be performed. Where data processing is carried out by service providers who are based outside the European Economic Area, we have put the appropriate safeguards in place for their use in accordance with Section 4c para. 2 BDSG (Federal Data Protection Act).